SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Police Department, the Salt Lake County Health Department and other partners began working Monday morning to clear transient camps from City Creek Canyon.
The weeklong operation is meant to help preserve the environment, promote safe recreation and address criminal activity and violations of health regulations.
The environmental concerns include wildfire prevention and preservation of the canyon's watershed, according to Det. Charli Goodman of SLCPD's Community Intelligence Unit.
Pollution and poaching are among the other problems reported.
Police gave transient campers 24 hours to vacate the area. Starting Tuesday, police will issue citations and remove trash, debris and any personal items left behind.
The agencies participating in the operation include:
- SLCPD Community Intelligence Unit
- SLCPD Crisis Intervention Team
- Salt Lake County Health Department
- Volunteers of America
- Fourth Street Clinic
- Division of Wildlife Resources
- Public Utilities
- Utah Highway Patrol